Written Evidence submitted by Lorna Anguilano and Uche Onwukwe (SH0017)

Executive Summary


This submission addresses the following question:

What does UK Government need to do to tackle other stressors on soil health such as soil contamination?


  1. What does UK Government need to do to tackle other stressors on soil health such as soil contamination?


1.1.1         The issue of soil contamination

1.1.2         Industrial use and soil contamination legacy


1.1.3         Urban soil contamination[7]





1.2   Soil decontamination solutions best practice



January 2023

[1] https://www.gov.uk/contaminated-land

[2] Citizen science urban mining: decontamination of soils (brunel.ac.uk)

[3] UKSHS Report No. 7 Environmental concentrations of heavy metals in UK soil and herbage, 2007

[4] https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/iha-gasworks-gasholders/

[5] Environment Agency (2016). Dealing with contaminated land in England. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/513158/State_of_contaminated_land_report.pdf

[6] Ausma , Edwards , Fitzgerald-Hubble , Halfpenny-Mitchell , Gillespie, Mortimer (2002). Volatile Hydrocarbon Emissions from a Diesel Fuel Contaminated Soil Bioremediation Facility. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10473289.2002.10470819?needAccess=true

[7] Acknowledgement

The authors would like to acknowledge the following students who worked on the preparation of the data presented in these evidences as part of their individual projects

Dominic Holmes, Charlotte Willemart, Julien Jaume and Shaunak Desai

[8] Marta Crispo, Miriam C. Dobson, Roscoe S. Blevins, Will Meredith, Janice A. Lake, Jill L. Edmondson, Heavy metals and metalloids concentrations across UK urban horticultural soils and the factors influencing their bioavailability to food crops, Environmental Pollution, Volume 288,

2021 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117960

[9] http://www.pollutantdeposition.ceh.ac.uk/heavy_metals

[10] Citizen science urban mining: decontamination of soils (brunel.ac.uk)

[11] Juan Daniel Aparicio, Enzo Emanuel Raimondo, Juliana María Saez, Stefanie Bernardette Costa-Gutierrez, Analía Álvarez, Claudia Susana Benimeli, Marta Alejandra Polti, The current approach to soil remediation: A review of physicochemical and biological technologies, and the potential of their strategic combination, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2022.107141

[12] Lianwen Liu, Wei Li, Weiping Song, Mingxin Guo,

Remediation techniques for heavy metal-contaminated soils: Principles and applicability, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 633, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.161

[13] Anguilano, Lorna & Onwukwe, Uchechukwu & Aryani, Danny & Ojeda, Jesús & Lingua, Guido & Gianotti, Valentina & Devoto, Alessandra. (2022). Characterisation of Hyperaccumulators for Lithium Recovery from Ancient Mine Soils. 10.1007/978-3-030-92563-5_16. DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-92563-5_16